University of Chicago and IIT Bombay announce collaboration


The Indian Institute of Technology Bombay (IIT Bombay) and the University of Chicago announced a science and technology partnership to promote cooperation in fields such as quantum information science, climate and energy, advanced microelectronics, artificial intelligence and data science.

IIT Bombay also joined the Chicago Quantum Exchange (CQE), headquartered at the University of Chicago, as an international partner, the Sept. 8, 2023, news article on UChicago’s website said.

The CQE announcement was highlighted during a meeting between President Joe Biden and Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi at the G20 summit in New Delhi, India, the article noted.

The partnership is among the goals of the U.S.-India initiative on Critical and Emerging Technology (iCET) to elevate and expand strategic partnership between the two countries

“Engaging in field-defining research at the frontiers of knowledge requires global partnerships. For the University of Chicago, this agreement with IIT Bombay is important not just for the scale that our collaborative efforts will achieve on new and emerging technologies, but also for developing future talent in these fields,” Juan de Pablo, the Liew Family Professor of Molecular Engineering, is quoted saying in the news release. Prof. de Pablo is also Executive Vice President for Science, Innovation, National Laboratories and Global Initiatives at the University of Chicago.

IIT Bombay has joined the CQE as one of only five international partners. In addition to quantum, UChicago and IIT Bombay will collaborate and conduct joint research, exchange visits, etc., in fields such as climate, energy, advanced microelectronics, artificial intelligence and data science, the news article said.

UChicago researchers visiting India would have the University’s Center in Delhi, which opened in 2014, as a resource.

“At the University of Chicago, our goal is to strengthen collaborations with our Indian counterparts in science, technology and engineering, where the U.S. and India are increasingly aligned in research and development. This partnership with IIT Bombay is an outstanding opportunity to build shared U.S.-India scientific knowledge,” said Supratik Guha, faculty director of the Delhi Center of UChicago. Guha is a professor at the Pritzker School of Molecular Engineering, and senior advisor to Argonne National Laboratory’s Physical Sciences and Engineering Directorate.



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